Ten things to know about Bills

December, 16, 2009
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Getting to know the Patriots’ next opponent, the Bills, with 10 quick-hit thoughts:

1. They are 5-8, coming off a 16-10 win at Kansas City.

2. Perry Fewell is serving as interim head coach. He was the team’s defensive coordinator and took over when Dick Jauron was fired Nov. 17 with the team 3-6.

3. Run defense is an issue. They rank 32nd in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (170.5) and average yards per carry (5.0).

4. Rookie safety Jairus Byrd, a second-round draft choice out of Oregon (42nd overall), leads the NFL with nine interceptions. As a team, the Bills lead the league with 25 interceptions.

5. After Fewell was named interim coach, he named former Harvard quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick the starter over Trent Edwards. Fitzpatrick, who was 1-1 as a fill-in for Edwards earlier in the season, is 2-2 since getting the full-time nod.

6. The Bills are the NFL’s last-ranked red-zone offense, scoring just 10 touchdowns in 31 trips (32.3 percent).

7. Terrell Owens has a team-high 45 receptions for a team-high 705 yards. Running back Fred Jackson (38) and receiver Lee Evans (32) are next on the receptions list.

8. Jackson is their leading rusher (731 yards, 17th in NFL), followed by Marshawn Lynch (422).

9. Punter Brian Moorman is a perennial Pro Bowler who often shifts field position. His 47.2-yard average and 41.4 net rank fourth in the NFL.

10. The Bills have struggled in the second (98 points allowed) and fourth quarters (112), while proving to be tougher in the first (30) and third (31).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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